One of the biggest mistakes in Oscar history.
The 2019 Oscars was stacked with talent, and especially the best picture nominees. I think the only movie left out of the nominations that should have been in was one of my favorite movies of the year, Avengers: Endgame. But, that’s just me. Films, like Parasite, The Irishman, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, Ford v Ferrari, Joker, 1917 and Jojo Rabbit all deserved to make the best picture nominations. In the end, Parasite, a South Korean horror flick won best picture and took home the most awards for the night.
Last year one of my favorite movies, Greenbook, took home the best picture award. I predicted it would win and it rightfully did. This year, it pains me to say that the Oscars got it completely wrong. I wanted to go movie by movie and explain why in the end The Irishman should’ve taken home the hardware.
Starting off with Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, which was one of my personal favorites and what I thought had a good chance at winning best picture; Joker was a movie that many critics didn’t want to do good due to the controversial tone and message of the movie. I believe the more movies take risks like Joker the better they are. This causes a lot of divide among audiences though because some love a good thought provoking movie and some don’t. I think Joker would’ve been my second place movie of the nominees listed.
1917, a war movie set in World War 1, did a great job in terms of cinematography and acting but to me this was just a remake of Saving Private Ryan except done in a one shot sequence which hyped up the movie more than it should’ve been. The story was okay, the acting was fine but this should’ve just been happy with winning best visual effects.
Jojo Rabbit was a movie I was really excited for ever since the first trailer came out. A movie about a young boy growing up in Nazi Germany and Hitler is his imaginary friend. This had the same problem Joker had. Controversy. And any movie with controversy behind it usually doesn’t win a best picture. I loved Jojo Rabbit even though I could predict a lot of what would happen but it was very creative, fun, heartwarming and had a great message to it.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was another Tarantino classic. You can tell the passion he put into this movie was everywhere. Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio did an amazing job and it was a fun relaxing movie to watch. At times though it ran very long and seemed like a lot could have been cut out. The ending was the big payoff as always in Tarantino’s movies. While I think this is one of Tarantino’s best films, I don’t think it was his best and not better than some of the other movies listed in the best picture nominees.
Ford v Ferrari was one of my favorite films of the year. It is based on a true story and Matt Damon and Christian Bale do an amazing job just like Pitt and DiCaprio. The only thing that I thought could’ve been better was the handling of a few characters. There were also some plot holes within the movie that didn’t make too much sense but besides that this movie is great. But it isn’t my Oscar pick because it is a safe feel good movie that didn’t take too many risks.
Parasite went one to win the best picture as we know but to me I didn’t think it even belonged in the category. It should’ve just won best foreign film. I think Parasite was a good movie don’t get me wrong but I’ve seen a lot better. I truly believe if Parasite was made in the U.S it wouldn’t have won anything. It was good, but had many plot holes and the acting was over the top sometimes.
Finally, the one that should’ve won it, The Irishman. The Irishman runs over three hours long and I was hooked every second. It takes risks by de aging the main actors and using their stardom to its full potential. The story, acting, and drama was all brilliant and not only is it a great mob movie but also a movie about life, death, love and family. This is why I think The Irishman should’ve won gold.